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Volume 1 Number 4

March 2013

1200 Dallas Ave, Mena, Arkansas 71953

Freshman wins art contest by Tyler Richardson

Mena High School art students were given a class assignment where the students would create a piece of art with the color black. Once the black and white designs were finished, all of the students made a copy of the full page design. They used colored sharpies to create a colorful version. With the black and white design, the students discovered that if they messed up they could not erase their mistakes and had to brainstorm to come up with their own ideas to fix their mistakes. This type of assignment

is a good way for students to develop critical thinking skills and to grow into a more artistic style. All the designs, both black and white and colored, were placed in the art hallway and identified with numbers on them. The art hallway was filled with numerous pieces of art that were to be voted on to decide who would place first. The students could vote on these art designs during their lunch time. After the students voted, Ana Linch was given first place. Second place was given to Lucia Li, and third place was awarded to Stevie Brinlee.

ANA LINCH, WINNER of the art contest, takes time to shade one of her drawings. (photo by Robert Lane)

Bearcats are helping with a cure

by Robert Lane

SENIOR BRADLEY BUSCH participates in the half-court shot sponsored by the Relay for Life team at MHS. (photo submitted by Julie Gordon)

Relay for Life was started by Dr. Gordy Klatt. She walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising $27,000 to help out the American Cancer Society. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since then, the Relay for Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than four billion dollars to fight cancer. Relay for Life organizes an overnight community fundraising walk. They have food, games, activities, and entertainment. The Relay for Life team has approximately twenty-eight people on the team. People can donate to the team at any time. The Mena Relay for Life has started a team and is encouraging anyone who wants to join to talk to Natalie Rose or Mrs. Gordon, or go to the website www.

relayforlife.org. Once you’re there, search for the Bearcats For a Cure 2013 team. Make sure the team captain of the team you join is Natalie Rose. Rose has been holding a dodge ball game and a hat day every other week to raise money. At the final event, the team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the area to raise money and awareness. This will help the American Cancer Society in the world’s largest fight for more birthdays and more days for those that are affected to spend with their family. The team is doing their part in making sure that cancer will not steal another year of anyone’s life. If you want to be a part of something that will help change someone’s life, the Relay for Life is willing to have you on the team. Anyone can join the team or make a donation; both of these allow individuals to help in the fight against cancer.


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The Bear Facts - Editorials

March 2013

Wa s t e n o t , w a n t n o t

In Sapparo, Japan, there is a restaurant that exterminates the “all you can eat” policy and replaces it with an “all you do eat” decree. If you ever drop by the Hachikyo restaurant by chance, make sure you’re positively famished. This establishment charges you if you leave any leftovers on your plate. Hachikyo does this to show appreciation to the local fisherman and support them with the funds acquired from picky eaters. A restaurant like this seems dedicated and peculiar to Americans like us. On the subject of Oriental countries, in China, children are always to devour every last morsel, down to the last diminutive bits of rice and dregs of meat. It is extremely frowned upon to waste any food whatsoever. However, here in the United States, you may be able to spot fellow classmates or members of your community wasting food all of the time. In fact, we Americans waste over 29 million tons of food a year. Forty percent of the food we produce is never eaten, which costs America approximately 100 billion dollars a year. We have adopted a destructive culture of excess. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, which involve elaborate feasts, have no meaning to us now that we heap up the helpings almost every day of the year. What has happened to us? Many Americans have settled into a monotonous rhythm of glut, glut, and glut. Furthermore, it makes even less sense that we contribute all of this excessive food waste whilst consuming so much simultaneously. Wasting food like this is entirely avoidable. This problem is highly detrimental to our resources, yet it happens Sub Rosa. Forgetting about the leftovers in the back of the fridge is far too easy, so we must make an effort to remember what we store and ensure it is efficiently used. Compost piles are an efficient way to deal with this problem because they will keep your peelings and cores out of the dump and contribute nutrients to your plants and your garden. The weight of this predicament is ridiculous. It wouldn’t trouble us to address this issue, considering the benefits that would come of our efforts. Even though we don’t have many restaurants like Hachikyo in America that charge for leftovers, we are paying for our excess and ignorance on a grander scale.

Which side are you on? by Ivy Powell

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Zach Atchley; ADVERTISING MANAGER: Ivy Powell; SPORTS EDITOR: Zach Atchley; ED-OP REPORTERS: Ivy Powell, Mikayla Rath; FEATURE WRITERS: Tashiana Dancer, Leon Gellings, Kaitlyn Maechler, Tyler Richardson; ART DIRECTOR: Ivy Powell; CARTOONIST: Mikayla Rath; CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER: Zach Atchley; PHOTOGRAPHER: Robert Lane; ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR: Tyler Richardson; REPORTERS: Zach

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You may have heard the terms “right-brained” and “left-brained” before. Delving deeper into this subject, one may ponder what it means. The terms describe dominance in either the right or the left hemisphere of the brain. Astoundingly, this hemispherical dominance can be identified as early as in the womb. Right-brained individuals respond to their intuitions, emotions and impulses and have a learning style that involves physical, tangible things, configurations and patterns. People with left-brained tendencies are logical, controlled, verbal learners, who prefer to plan and analyze. Many wish to know where their tendencies lie. In order to determine what type of dominance you have, you can make a conjecture based on specific characteristics. If you are right-brained, you may be good at artistic things such as dancing and music. You probably love to draw, paint, or sculpt. You heed to your instincts and develop hunches based on patterns. You function well when instructions are demonstrated to you and you take in information in bursts. Elusive, subjective topics interest you. Overall, you are quite emotional and spontaneous. If you happen to be left-brained, you may be good at mathematics and organization. You enjoy a clean, tidy environment ruled by authority. You create solutions by handling problems logically and sequentially. Verbal or written instructions are a pleasure for you to follow. Some may call you inhibited, but you simply control your emotions well. In a nutshell, you are calculating and precise. When individuals have knowledge of their mental preferences, they can work well with others and manage their lives more efficiently. Some individuals are born boisterous and creative, others delight in keeping things neat and logical, and quite a few fall in between. It is important to embrace who you are and work towards achieving optimal potential. It takes all kinds of people to coalesce and work in the world.


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The Bear Facts - Features

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Basketball coach by day, MMA fighter by night by Joseph Maddox

Coach Tedder started training in mixed martial arts in the spring of 2011 at Southern Impact Martial Arts. He trains during every month except those that take place during basketball season; he still tries to stay active during that time, even when he can’t train. Tedder commented that Southern Impact Martial Arts “are great and are a very knowledgeable group to train with.” Our basketball coach enjoyed the sport from the time he discovered MMA in college, because it keeps the competitive blood flowing and is a great workout.

Tedder started competing in the summer of 2012. He explained that where he trains “you don’t just walk in and go fight. They make sure you’re ready before that possibility is even considered.” Since he started he has only fought one fight. Even though it was a loss, he was the first competitor to go all 3 rounds with his opponent. All of this particular fighter’s previous opponents were either knocked out or tapped out. The fight was a split decision loss made by the judges. His comment about this situation was that you never “let it go to the judges...lesson learned.” He is not sure when his next fight is, but he said it

COACH TEDDER PARTICIPATES in an MMA match. (photo contributed by Coach Tedder)

could possibly be sometime in the spring or summer. To Tedder, “the fights are fun...it’s the fight preparation and training that’s the

Southern Impact Martial Arts “are great and are a very knowledgeable group to train with.” hardest.” The hardest part of preparation and training is “the gauntlet.” The normal bout in “the gauntlet” has 3 minute rounds

with 1 minute breaks. There are four to six fighters and every 1 minute the trainers send in a fresh guy that goes all out with a specific set of fight instructions to face. During the fighter switch there is a short 15-30 second break with individualized instructions. The fighter can go anywhere from 9-12 minutes of being in a “bad position.” Tedder explained this situation as being “on guard or your opponent has you in sidemount or full-mount, throwing strikes, and you have to escape and continue the round. This is all done at the end of that night’s training session, and you can go through it 1 to 3 times.” He also explained that “the gauntlet” itself is “a true test of will and mental toughness.”

I would like to thank the 11th graders for their hard work on the Arkansas Literacy Test. Many times, the hard work our students put into ‘required’ tests goes unrecognized. I hope they understand how much I appreciate their time and effort. Keep up the great work now, through your senior year, and beyond! Ms. Shumate

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The Bear Facts - Features

March 2013

501st invades Mena High School by Robert Lane

Chad Lawrence is part of the 501st Legion. He came to Mena High School and talked to the Sci-Fi and Drama Club. This event took place February 22 during activity period and at 6:00 pm in the MHS Library. It was open to students, family members, and the community. Light refreshments were provided by the host of the event, MHS Sci-Fi Club. Mr. Lawrence spoke about the 501st Legion, a charitable organization. Mr. Lawrence will be opening a legion in Arkansas soon. Any teenager can join, but first there must be a sponsor that is an active member in the 501st Legion. Next,

there must be a (canon) replica suit from the movie or the comics. For anyone wanting to be on the team, more information is available at www.rebellegion.com. All 501st members operate on a volunteer basis, donating countless hours of their time to charity fundraisers throughout the world. Some of the organizations that they work proudly with are The American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Relay for Life, The Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Toys For Tots, March of Dimes, MediCinema, National Society for the Prevention Of Cruelty to Children, and the MS Foundation. The 501st has people all over the world, including Antarctica. For more information, visit their website at www.501st.com.

CHAD LAWRENCE SPEAKS to the Sci-Fi Club and Drama Club during activity period as Ms. Hooker and Mrs. Ewing, sponsors of the event, look on. (photo by Robert Lane)

Students excel at Excel by Joseph Maddox

NINETEEN STUDENTS IN Molly Lindsey’s CBA course earned certification for Microsoft Excel through Certiport. (photo contributed by Molly Lindsey)

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Nineteen students recently earned the title Microsoft Office Specialist for excel 2007. Those students are Ashten Bowser, Nathan Brown, Kalie Clibrey, Josefina Gomez, Jack Harrison, Brooke Hines, Jordan Hooper, Joby McPherson, Mike Medford, Taylor Medlin, Zack Moore,Kaleb Posey, Cheyenne Soliz, CJ Spurling, Carrie Squier, Kassidy Summit,Carolina Tartaglia, Ryan Thomas, and Daryan Torix. Microsoft Office Specialist (otherwise known as MOS) exams are administered through Certiport and are not just for students; people of all ages gain certifications through Certiport. It is the premier credential chosen by individuals seeking to validate their knowledge, skills, and abilities relating to the Microsoft Office applications. In academia, MOS promotes success in the classroom for students (and instructors), builds individual distinction, and prepares students for an increasingly competitive workforce. For business, MOS maximizes office productivity and efficiency for the organization and increases job satisfaction

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and heightens career achievement among employees. In workforce development, MOS prepares and places job candidates, ensuring they possess the skills employers require. To earn the certification, which covers the same content that the lessons in CBA cover, students first complete that particular unit in class. Then they spend from 1 to 3 class periods in the test preparation software which prepares them for the format of the test (software-based). To pass the certification for Excel, for example, the test candidate must successfully perform tasks in the certification program that mimics the Excel screen and functions exactly. The benefits to the students include a certificate that specifies they are competent in that Office program. This would be helpful in a job interview situation as well as when they go to college and take courses that cover similar content. Students in CBA will have opportunities throughout the year to earn certifications in Word, Excel,and Powerpoint. Forty-five of the seventy students currently in CBA, in fact,have already earned their Word certification.


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The Bear Facts - News

FBLA reaches out to future generations by Ivy Powell

In 1938, The March of Dimes foundation was created by Franklin Roosevelt in order to prevent polio. The name was forged for this foundation because, around 1976, children everywhere would be required to donate at least ten cents to the foundation. Today, it is still a firm organization which assists women by educating soon-to-be mothers about birth defects, health during pregnancy, and motherhood. FBLA contributed to this worthy cause by holding a fund-raising March for Babies on Monday, February 11, at the high school track. They diligently raised over $200 through this event. This money will contribute to further education, research, vaccines, and programs, to assist families across the nation.

Hadley Dahlem, who is in charge of this fundraiser, had the honor of sending the check to the March of Dimes foundation. All who helped to accrue funds, and those who donated, will have the intrinsic pleasure of knowing that they have supplied strength, vigor, and well-being to young lives. The March of Dimes has been an important non-profit organization for 75 years. It has campaigned for prematurity awareness and educated mothers about the importance of nutrition during pregnancy. No donation for this cause is too minute or insignificant. Any contribution goes a long way, and anyone can help. There will be more events in our area: A northwest Arkansas March for Babies on Saturday, April 6 at the Arvest Ballpark, Springdale, and a Fort Smith March for Babies on Saturday, April 20 at Creekmore Park.

Special Olympics started in Arkansas by Kaitlyn Maechler and Tyler Richardson

The Polar Plunge on February 9, 2013, at Lake Wilhelmina raised money for the Special Olympics. Polar Plungers had to raise at least $50 just to plunge into the lake. Money raised supports the Special Olympics athletes. In 2011, 4,004,415 served in the Special Olympics. There were about 53,601 different competitions in the year 2011. The mission for the Special Olympics is to have a year round training and athletic competition for all children and adults with disabilities allowing them to build up courageous physical fitness skills and to develop friendships with other families. The 2013 games are Friday April 19, 2013 at Mena High School. The Arkansas

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Special Olympic Area Director is Sally Hardin and James Harbison. Hardin and Harbison are both from Booneville. The Training Director is Joe Wilks, from Magazine. Treva Chouinard is the Field Representative. There are summer games in May at Harding University in Searcy. Volunteers are needed; their address is 2115 Main Street North Little Rock, AR 72114. The phone number is (501) 771-0222, the fax number (501) 771-1020, and the internet website is www.specialolympicsarkansas.org. Supporters are looking forward to a great year for Special Olympics. “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” says Special Olympics Athlete Oath.

HADLEY DAHLEM AND Christa Super, the respective Vice President and Secretary of FBLA, proudly exhibit the money raised for the March of Dimes. (photo submitted by Molly Lindsey)

Teacher appreciation day at Mena High School by Leon Gellings

On February 14 and 15, the annual Teacher Appreciation Day was carried out at Mena High School. The National Honor Society organized and participated in this event, which was organized to show the students’ appreciation for the teachers at MHS. On February 14, breakfast was provided in Mrs. Wilson’s room. Teachers came before school and enjoyed a morning treat of fresh fruit, danish, juice, and milk. Another part of the appreciation day itinerary included lunchon Feburary 15,

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where each NHS member provided a food item that he or she brought to school for the teachers. The students decorated the library and served lunch to the teachers. Because the theme of this year’s Appreciation Day was “International,” the students were encouraged to bring different types of food. They also decorated tables in the library, where lunch was held, with different colors to represent different countries. Overall, this appreciation day was a big success and was appreciated by the teachers that enjoyed the NHS members’ hard work.

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The Bear Facts - Sports

March 2013

Kate Self signs to Williams Baptist by Kaitlyn Maechler

Kate Self signed to Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Williams Baptist, where she plans on attending for four years, will be paying for half of her tuition. Self states, “I’m very thankful to have this opportunity. I’ve had a great support group with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches.” She signed on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Mena High School. Kate has played for the Mena Ladycats all four years of her high school career. She has played as the catcher, which has always been her position , for the thirteen years that she’s been involved with softball. She also said, “I like the whole team aspect, the chance to be a leader as the catcher, and the unforgettable memories I have made over the years! I enjoy everything

about softball!” Self chose Williams Baptist because she loves the campus, the feeling there, and the fact that it is so small and reminds her of home. Also, the coaches and

“I’m very thankful to have this opportunity” the softball program there really stood out to Self from day one. “I owe it all to my parents, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have made it this far,” Self stated. She said that she is definitely looking forward to attending college, but she is also a little nervous for this new chapter in her life. Softball is Self’s favorite sport, and she is ecstatic to be able to go to college for something that she enjoys doing.

KATE SELF SIGNS to play softball for Williams Baptist College on February 4. (photo by Krisanna Miller)

Bearcats and Ladycats with a strong season start by Leon Gellings

Against strong teams from Texarkana, the Bearcat and Ladycat soccer teams have had strong games to start their season with. Before the girls’ game started, both schools played a boys’ junior varsity game, which Texarkana was able to win 3-0. Soon after this game ended, the girls began their game against the 6A school’s girls team. Thirty minutes went by with neither team scoring because both defensive rows stood strong and could avoid the other team’s strikers breaking through. After a confusion

in Texarkana’s defense, the Ladycats were able to profit, and Meagan Boyd scored the 1-0. In the second half, the game intensified and both teams fought for a goal and because of good chances on both sides, it was not easy to predict the final score. Early in the second half, the Ladycats had to deal with the tie after their opponent scored for the 1-1. Toward the end of the game, both teams had chances to win the game with a final goal. In the final ten minutes of the game, the Ladycats were able to score again and to win their first game

with a 2-1 on the scoreboard. Right after the girls’ game came to an end, the Bearcats soccer team competed against the Razorback Soccer team of Texarkana. Playing aggressively on defense and with nice combinations on offense, the Bearcats were able to play strong the first 20 minutes. After their opponent found their way into the game, the game was well-balanced and both teams played well. Towards the end of the first half, Mena lost concentration and made a couple of mistakes in their work on defense. These little weaknesses brought the first goal for

the Razorbacks, which was also the score for halftime, 0-1. In the second half, the Bearcats picked up their aggressiveness and were able to pressure Texarkana’s defense again. With a freekick, which the Razorbacks’ keeper couldn’t catch, Marcio Giosuelli scored to make the score 1-1. Although Texarkana pressured the last 20 minutes of the game, they were not able to get the ball behind the Bearcats’ keeper, Tate Oglesby. With two good performances, the Mena girls’ and boys’ soccer teams started the season with respectable results.

Coming soon in sports: -Senior Track Meet @ Mansfield, Baseball vs. Waldron, Softball @Dardanelle, and Soccer @ Malvern on 4/2; Soccer vs. Wickes, Baseball and Softball @ Booneville on 4/9; Cheer Tryouts on 4/13; Softball and Soccer vs Greenwood on 4/15; Softball and Baseball @ Pottsville on 4/19; Sr. Track District Meet @ Waldron and Soccer @ Gurdon on 4/25; Special Olympics on 4/26; Softball and Baseball District Tournament @ Waldron on 4/26 – 4/29


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Bowling teams are successful on state level by Brandon Colson and Leon Gellings

Bowling hasn’t been around for as long as some of the other sports at Mena High School. The school first developed a bowling team in 2004. Although bowling may not have the long-standing tradition that basketball and football have, the bowling teams have always been successful. Every year that Mena High School has had a bowling team individuals, if not the whole team, have qualified for the state tournament. This year’s team was no different. On February 6, the Arkansas State Bowling Tournament was carried out in Little Rock. Since both the Bearcats and Ladycats qualified for the tournament,

Coach Hooker’s expectations for the team were high. Observing the conference results, the Bearcats Bowling team posted the following results: Justin Castor 2 nd, RC Sims 5th, Nathan Rhodes 6th. In a big success, the team got first in conference and advanced to the state level. For the Ladycats, Mariah Smith ranked 6th in conference, while the Ladycats earned 5th overall. Although the Ladycats played well, only Kate Self was ranked, and got 6th over all. For the Bearcats, the tournament was extremely successful. Justin Castor won the boys state tournament for the 2nd consecutive year, and RC Sims placed 9th. In the end, the Bearcats’ overall ranking was 2nd, which concluded the year for the bowling team on a high note.

Mena soccer teams raise money for new equipment by Zach Atchley

On February 19 a small crowd gathered at the Randall Whorton field to watch and participate in a Shoot-a-Thon hosted by the Mena soccer teams. This involved someone from the community sponsoring a player and deciding how much the sponsor will pay for every goal that the sponsored player makes. The player kicks ten shots and has to get them past the goalie. Each shot that was made contributed money to the soccer team’s equipment fund. However, to make it fair and to add to the difficulty, the goalie still had to try to block the shots.

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“With a donation from the Bearcat Foundation along [with] money raised by the players, [the boys’ team] gained over $2,500, and we expect more to be coming in as the players start to gather all the donations,” Coach Craig Bentley said. The plan is for the money to go toward Nike equipment bags and t-shirts for the players. The crowd was also able to participate in a small game of “knock-out” to see who could make the most goals. Both the boys’ and girls’ team raised a lot of money and are eagerly looking forward to the new equipment.

NATHAN RHODES BOWLS a perfect game just weeks before the state tournament. (photo courtesy of the Mena High School website)

Mena hosts state volleyball in 2013 by Leon Gellings

Luckily, Mena has the pleasure of hosting the 4AAAA state tournament for volleyball in October 2013. After winning the competition for the host, Mena now has the privilege of hosting teams from all over the state for the qualifying rounds for state finals, which are played in Russellville on November 2nd. Each year, the Arkansas Activity Association takes bids from schools that want to host post- season tournaments for sports. Playing a respectable season last year and now having adequate facilities, Coach Brad Lyle expects, “a huge home court advantage”. Although Mena regularly reached the state tournament in the last few years,” the fans (except for parents) were

not able to support the team, because the distances were too big to travel in school time”, he declares. Since it is the first post-season tournament for Mena to host, it is “a big opportunity for the school and the town to prove that we are a good host”. During the tournament, at least twelve teams will have to travel long distance, so it is expected that they stay in different hotels, cabins etc. in the Mena area, which is an important requirement for the host too. Emphasizing the importance of the tournament at home, Coach Lyle states that he is, “very excited about hosting the state tournament, especially because the players enjoy the time and will be able to play even better with their fans behind their back.”

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March 2013

Fairy tale gets retelling Birthday Bunch by Tashiana Dancer and Tyler Richardson

The story of Hansel and Gretel was written in 1812 and has been a classic fairy tale since. On January 25, director and writer, Tommy Wirkola, brought this amazing tale to life in his epic twist on the old story. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, tells the story of a brother and sister who follow the old tale. Hansel, played by Jeremy Renner, and Gretel, portrayed by Gemma Arterton, are in the woods and walk upon a candy cabin where they find its inhabitant is a snarling witch who is very hungry. Hansel and Gretel burn the witch; but instead of the story ending there, Wirkola takes viewers through what happens after the incident.

In this film, we find that Hansel and Gretel must have enjoyed getting revenge on the witch because their current occupation is witch bounty hunting. Viewers might recognize the man who plays Hansel. Renner has been in countless other action packed movies including The Hurtlocker, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Bourne Legacy, 28 Weeks Later, Thor, and of course, The Avengers. Arterton, playing Gretel here, has also played the role of a Bond girl. She co-starred in the action packed James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, as well as Prince of Persia, and Clash of the Titans. On opening night the movie made $19,690,956, and in total, the movie has grossed $43,836,018. This fairy tale revamp put a twist on the story of Hansel and Gretel that has made an impression that will last for a long time.

February 14 was A Good Day to Die Hard by Tyler Richardson

The John McClane story line, created in 1988, continues with the fifth installment in the Die Hard series. Bruce Willis reprises his role as New York Police Detective John McClane who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time way too often. This action crime thriller, directed by John Moore and written by Skip Woods, had an estimated budget of $92,000,000. On the opening weekend it grossed $25,000,000. A Good Day to Die Hard released on February 14 and has turned out to be a major hit. Each Die Hard film has gotten bigger and better, along with the character

of John McClane, since the first Die Hard was released. This time, instead of John fighting terrorists on his own turf, he is in Russia fighting beside his son Jack McClane, played by Jai Courtney. John is unaware that his son, who is fighting to stop a nuclear weapons heist, is actually a CIA trained operative working undercover in Moscow, Russia. The McClanes team up in a father and son battle against the entire underworld of Russia, in a fight against evil, and in a rush against time to stop the nuclear weapons heist that threatens the world. Not only are their lives at stake, but the fate of the world is on their shoulders. For John and Jack McClane, it would be A Good Day to Die Hard.

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9th grade: Jacob Miller, Lane Ferguson, Tyler Luce, Bradlee Beck, Blake Strother, Seth Caughern, Traci Cornelius, Payton Grant, Jared Flemens, Christopher McMellon, Konner Miller, Arian Villarreal-Pfister 10th grade: Jerrin Vaught, Jami Miller, Seth Puckett, Ethan Peters, Haley White, Lashawna Hanes, Tiffany Simpson, Justin Page, Shiyuan Li, Dahlyn Thompson, Alexis Hansard, Taryn Milham, Anthony Dominguez, Amanda Harrison 11th grade: William Dollarhide, Christa Super, Devin Ashley, Dakota Price, Jordan Hooper, Sarah Shufelberger, Riley Philpot, Dalton Robbins, Dacota Gray, Cody McCoy, Markus Williams, Jeremy Tyler 12th grade: Dakota Price, Chase Pyle, Kaylynne Renard, Hana Hunter, Nathaniel Martin, R C Sims, Michael Squier, Bradley Busch, Taylor Ward, Chelsea Laxamana

February 9th grade: Brendon Foreman, Ryan Thomas, A’Thaniel Ingoglia , Cole Wolf, David Hatfiled, Gerald Aleshire, Hunter Johnson, Natalie Ford 10th grade: Hannah Miller, Rebecca Sterner, Chase Fielder, Jason Burr, Alex Landfair, Jacquelyn Johnson, Amanda Wiggins, Carrie Squier 11th grade: Natalie Rose, Rebecca Drew, Taylor Schuller, Katelyn Wells, Claire Williamson, Jordan Dean, Ethan Heath, Tyler Lane, Rogelio Salguero 12th grade: Noah Wade, Jeremiah Foster, Kristen Gray, Eddie Yahn, Alisa Kincaid, Brianna Anderson, Corey Moon, Megan Moon, Malachi McGee, Kalen Hastey, Tate Oglesby

March 9th grade: Bonnie Skipper, Rachael Loyd, Trevor Voisin, D’Wayn Grinder, Christina Ralph, Allie Sessler, Andrew Plunkett, Cynthia Doty, Rachel Cunningham, Joseph Pollard, Madison Morris, Savannah Wyman, Kymberlie Chaney, Kailas Hearn, Tristan Shelton, Dylan Stanley, Brent Laxamana 10th grade: Kevin Harris,Trevor Kiser, Jordan Bingham, Shauna Horner, Kendall Crutchfield, Heather Long, Vanessa Long, Rachel Buck, Olivia Geyer, Adam Stoeckinger, Payten Furr, Samantha Frost, Bridgette Self 11th grade: Ariel Hartin, Josefina Gomez, Tristan Dawdy, Shelby Horner, Brent Sockey, Brittney Sockey, Derrick Gage, Dillon Gage, casey Bass, Nathaniel Faught, Chase McCormick, Hope Dunlap 12th grade: T. J. Bigham, Molly Welch, Holly Lewis, Stefan Ward, Dakota Storm, Lauryn Madison, John Tolbert

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Mena High School Bear Facts for March, 2013, a student publication